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What’s FedRAMP and why is it important to you?

Written by Hubie Sturtevant on May 4th, 2015 at 8:40 am

If you work in public sector IT, you’ve probably heard of FedRAMP. And if it hasn’t yet made an impact on you or your agency, it soon will. FedRAMP stands for The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program. It’s essentially a comprehensive framework, established in 2012, that defines what it takes for a company providing cloud products and services to federal agencies to be recognized as a secure provider.

Making it easy for federal agencies

I’m happy to report that UMT360’s Solutions for Microsoft Project Online & Project Server are now available as a FedRAMP Compliant Cloud Service.

This is an exciting next step in the evolution of enterprise portfolio management. Because we’re making it even easier for Finance, IT and PMO leaders within federal agencies to align their project, program and application portfolios and investments with strategy. In short, they can enjoy the same powerful enterprise portfolio management capabilities that UMT360 already delivers to some of the largest companies in the private sector.

The Cloud First Policy

The U.S. government already mandates that agencies take full advantage of cloud computing benefits to maximize capacity utilization, improve IT flexibility and responsiveness, and minimize cost. This “Cloud First” policy is intended to accelerate the pace at which the government will realize the value of cloud computing by requiring agencies to evaluate safe, secure cloud computing options before making any new investments.

To comply with this mandate, government IT professionals need assurances that the cloud solutions they select are delivered securely. That’s where FedRAMP comes in. UMT360 deploys our enterprise portfolio management services for Microsoft Project Online & Project on a SharePoint system that complies with all FedRAMP rev4 Moderate security controls. This gives agencies access to a solution that helps them improve business and financial decision making, while also extending the power of their existing Microsoft platform investments.

Setting a standard for security

We’re even seeing the impact of FedRAMP going beyond the federal government. In fact, many state and local agencies are also adopting the FedRAMP standard to ensure that their services are secure. It’s a smart move. Even if you’re not a federal or state agency, the fact that UMT360 solutions meet these stringent guidelines means they set a high bar for security that every organization should aspire to and consider when they’re looking for IT products and services.

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